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Wellness is on Twitter​​

The Kentucky Employees' Health Plan has a new Twitter account. Twany Beckham, the wellness director, will use the account to communicate news, tips, and encouragement for plan members. Follow on Twitter at twitter.com/KEHPWellness​​

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GoKY website replaces 511 phone line for traffic and roadway information ​

Motorists traveling throughout Kentucky can now navigate the highways of the Bluegrass with a modernized tool. Goky.ky.gov​, an online traffic and roadway information portal, has replaced the traditional 511 travel and weather phone system. 

The improved, user-friendly platform provides travelers access to reliable, up-to-date information regarding traffic conditions, 
construction activity, and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) response to weather-related events. The new GoKY website includes reports from KYTC and from Waze – a real-time traffic reporting application based on crowdsourced information. 

“After almost two decades of 511 use, today’s travelers are bypassing the dated phone line for visual, on-demand road and weather conditions,” said Sec. Greg Thomas. “Goky.ky.gov is the perfect solution to satisfy the needs of the traveling public while 
stewarding state dollars. Our Cabinet employees and partners have worked diligently to deliver a platform that tells the public what they want to know before hitting the road.”

Now, motorists who dial 511 will hear a brief phone message informing them of the change. To request Safety Assistance for Freeway Emergencies (SAFE) Patrol in cases of vehicle breakdown or to report incidents, motorists will be directed to call 877.FOR.KYTC. In addition, the former 511 smart phone application will no longer be offered or operational. The text and email alert feature has also been discontinued. 

To provide travelers with a mobile option, KYTC encourages motorists to download the free Waze application. Since 2014, the Cabinet has participated in a public-private partnership with Waze CCP (Connected Citizens Program). Both entities provide a free exchange of real-time data every two minutes, giving drivers a clearer understanding of roadway events. The app provides turn-by-turn navigation as well as traffic reporting.  

“Helping drivers have a better experience on Kentucky roads is important but not at the expense of safety. We advise drivers to use GoKY to plan ahead before they drive. To avoid distracted driving, ask your passenger to report delays and incidents using Waze,” said Dr. Noelle Hunter, executive director of the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety.

Over the last two years, call volume to 511 has dropped by nearly 40 percent. This drastic decline prompted Cabinet officials to evaluate the hotline’s effectiveness. Phasing out the phone system will save taxpayers up to $750,000 annually.

In addition, the 511 phase-out shifts all data management to in-house Cabinet staff, which eliminates the need for contractor 
services. Using existing enterprise infrastructure technologies, Cabinet engineers will now be able to save, capture and process data for future planning and highway safety purposes, a function not available with the old 511 mapping and phone system. 
Motorists can access travel and traffic conditions at http://goky.ky.gov​ or contribute their own reports at http://www.waze.com​ or via the Waze mobile application.​


KHRIS Employee Self-Service: Working Time / Leave Balance Overview

Planning time off from work? Do you need to check your leave balances? KHRIS Employee Self-Service (ESS) provides access to your annnual, sick, and compensatory leave balances. Amounts are current as of the last paydate. You can also view this information on your last salary statement.

Visit https://khris.ky.gov/​ and use your Employee ID and password to log in and view your balances now. If you have questions, please contact your agency HR office. 



What is Go365?

In January, HumanaVitality is changing its name to Go365. Members shared what they loved and needed more of, and HumanaVitality listened. 

How it works
Go365 makes it easier for members to earn more in the program. With Bonus Bucks, members will earn big Bucks for reaching Silver Status and above, and double Bonus Bucks when they re-earn their highest status from the previous program year. Confusing mall discounts are being eliminated, and members are getting more Bucks to spend on rewards.

Keeping the things you love
A few favorites won't change. You'll still see these things in the new Go365 program: Verified activities, challenges, the mall, health coaching, and the HealthyFood program. And there are improvements to things like the fitness points structure.​

Learn more here.​​
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